Cat Project Archives for January 23-27, 2017.
23, 2017 - A cat doesn't 'roll' well with a change of someone
else's making." - Carole Wilbourn
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Don't mind me. I'm just breaking-in
the new electric blanket."
Mewvie: It's Overwatch, but with cats.
Feline Art: Watercolor
by Dorvile Dovidonyte.
This cat has only two legs, but he can do all that a normal four-legged
animal can do! No wonder his owner named him “Able.”
Able’s sets an amazing example, where all of us full bodied and
no limbs missing beings can learn a lot from. When Able was just 1-year-old,
he was trying to catch a bird on the roof, as cats are wont to do.
But it so happened that fate has other designs for him as he accidentally
slipped and fell, and the poor cat’s two front legs got entangled
on a live wire and nearly died from being electrocuted. As a result of
this accident, he lost his tail and front legs.
This is Able, a kitty with no front legs, he more than makes it up for
his missing limbs by jumping around with incredible agility, like a kangaroo.
“The first time I saw Able, I had a feeling of such positive energy and
it has given great inspiration to live my life,” Walai Sriboonvorakul told
Coconuts Bangkok. “He’s a very strong cat, indeed,” said the
“I first saw Able when I came back to my condo, and first I offered to
pay for his vet visits, but the hairdresser told me there was nothing else they
can do. She also couldn’t take care of him, and Able just had to live like
a stray and ran away from speeding cars.” she said.
However, Walai was determined to save Able. She didn’t want him
live a miserable life as a disabled cat on the streets of Chiang Mai,
“One night, it was raining, and I walked out of my condo to check on him.
I saw him reluctantly dragging himself outside the roof to pee. That’s
when I decided to take him in,” she said.
She nursed Able back to health taking care of him with great love, and
two years later, he has made a full recovery.
‘We called him “Able” because he can do everything just like
the other animals’
As a matter of fact Able doesn’t seem to be aware of its disability
at all. He’s a incredibly lively and agile cat, who goes about
conducting its life like any other four-legged cat out there, maybe even
better! It jumps like a Kangaroo while climbing the stairs, chasing other
cats, or even jumping up to impressive heights.
"He loves to play with little children and will stare into your eyes to
get what he wants,” Walai said.
Adding to all this drama, Able has a sibling named Fin, who lost the
ability to use her hind legs. These two cats with the opposite leg problems
are collectively two cats with only four legs and are inseparable best
friends, and in a way they really do complete each other.
You can say after going through such a traumatic life early on, and recovering
from such an awful accident, Able’s got a pretty sweet deal in
life. He has a wonderful and loving owner and a great sibling as a friend
and on top of all this a great attitude and approach to life. He indeed
deserves a “standing” ovation.
The story of is a humble reminder of an ancient saying: “there’s
always light at the end of a dark tunnel.”
24, 2017 - "Cats do not have to be shown how to have
a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm in the way? So what? Hah! Get it?"
Mewvie: "Constable on patrol" meets "Can
Feline Art: "Rainbow
Bridge", artist unknown.
25, 2017 - "I would gladly change places with any
of my cats." - George Ney
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Looks just like me."
Mewvie: The Escape Artist.
Art: "Dungeons & Kitties" by AneKeshu.
may be as intelligent as dogs, say scientists
The idea that dogs are more intelligent than cats has been called into
Japanese scientists say cats are as good as dogs at certain memory tests,
suggesting they may be just as smart.
A study - involving 49 domestic cats - shows felines can recall memories
of pleasant experiences, such as eating a favourite snack.
Dogs show this type of recollection - a unique memory of a specific event
known as episodic memory.
Humans often consciously try to reconstruct past events that have taken
place in their lives, such as what they ate for breakfast, their first
day in a new job or a family wedding.
These memories are linked with an individual take on events, so they
are unique to that person.
Saho Takagi, a psychologist at Kyoto University, said cats, as well as
dogs, used memories of a single past experience, which may imply they
have episodic memory similar to that of humans.
"Episodic memory is viewed as being related to introspective function of
the mind; our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats," she told
"An interesting speculation is that they may enjoy actively recalling memories
of their experience like humans."
The Japanese team tested 49 domestic cats on their ability to remember
which bowl they had already eaten out of and which remained untouched,
after a 15-minute interval.
They found the cats could recall "what" and "where" information
about the food bowls, suggesting they had episodic memory.
The researchers suggest cats may remember for much longer periods than
the short time tested.
And they say cats can match dogs on various mental tests, including responding
to human gestures, facial expressions and emotions.
Saho Takagi said the research may have practical applications.
"Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships," she
"Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, as opposed to the common view of people
that dogs are much smarter."
Prof Laurie Santos, of Yale University, said the experiment nicely shows
that cats are remembering information about where they searched before
and also which locations used to have food.
"It opens the door to new studies examining how long cats' memories can
be and whether they also remember richer episodes in their own life as humans
do," she added.
Experiments have shown dogs also appear to have memories linked to specific
times and places.
The same team of Japanese scientists previously found that in similar
tests, dogs had memories of food bowls from which they had eaten.
And last year, a team from Hungary found that dogs were able to recall
their owner's actions, even when they were not specifically instructed
to do so.
The research is published in the journal, Behavioural Processes.
26, 2017 - "There is no such thing as 'just a cat'." -
Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Zap!"
Mewvie: The internet is, of course, made of cats.
Feline Art: "Hegemony" by Leah Palmer Preiss.
27, 2017 - "If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors
to laugh." - Patricia Hitchcock
Gratuitous Kittiness: Baby black panther.
Mewvie: Cat or goat?
Feline Art: "Bird Hunter" by Vladimir Rumyantsev
First Cat in Space
On October 18th, 1963, the Centre national d’études in France
was set to send a small cat named Félix into space. After lagging
behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake
its claim in the space race—with cats, for some reason. But on
launch day, the mischievous little beast went missing—and an accidental
heroine stepped in to take his place. Her name was Félicette.
From the streets of Paris, this tuxedo kitty—nicknamed “Astrocat”—would
reach heights never achieved by feline kind. On October 24th, 1963, Félicette
jetted 130 miles above Earth on a liquid-fueled French Véronique
AG1 rocket, soaring high above the Algerian Sahara Desert. She returned
just fifteen minutes later, already a decorated heroine for her nation.
After her landing, French scientists at the Education Center of Aviation
and Medical Research (CERMA) studied Félicette’s brain waves
to see if she had changed at all since her voyage. While not much is
known about their findings—or about Félicette’s eventual
fate—the CERMA said she had made “a valuable contribution
Unfortunately, Félicette’s story has been lost in the sands
of time; A victim of our puptriarchal society that favors the achievements
of dogs above all others. But France’s place in the overall space
race—or lack thereof—could explain her erasure.
“I think it may be a matter of how history played out,” space historian
and editor of the space history site collectSPACE Robert Pearlman told Gizmodo. “The
effort that led to launching humans into space—and then ultimately, to
the moon—was the space race between the United States and the Russians.”
The pioneering efforts of brave pups, monkeys and other animals paved
the way for humans in the US-Russia space race to the moon. Scientists
used animals as test subjects to see how a lack of gravity would impact
them, and in effect, humans. If animals could survive the harsh conditions
of space, so could we. At least that was the idea.
“Laika the [Soviet] dog led directly to Yuri Gagarin becoming the first
human in space, which led to Alexey Leonov becoming human to spacewalk,” Pearlman
said. “Monkeys Able and Miss Baker led to the first American flights that
took heroes like John Glenn and Alan Shepard into space.”
While France does have its own formidable space program, Pearlman said
the French ultimately did not pursue sending humans into space on their
nation’s own rockets. That could explain Félicette’s